Near Eastern, Iranian, Luristan
7th–4th century B.C.
Height: 15.3 cm (6 in.)
Medium or Technique
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This bronze rod-holder is cast in the form of two opposing, rampant ibexes (or rams) rendered with slender, stylized proportions with upwardly extending, but curved horns, notched manes, and twisted tails. The metal is a copper-colored bronze that carries a dull grayish patina.
By 1930, acquired in Iran, probably by Ayoub Rabenou, Paris; 1930, sold by Rabenou, through Arthur Upham Pope (b. 1881 - d. 1969), Paris, to the MFA [see note]. (Accession Date: August 7, 1930)
NOTE: MFA accession nos. 30.544-30.637 were purchased from Arthur Upham Pope for $15,000, plus a $2250 commission. According to Pope, the majority of the group belonged to Rabenou.
Maria Antoinette Evans Fund